Affirming affordability

HIGHER EDUCATION: In this year’s State of the Union address, the President provides a solid framework saving higher education.

We have been told the state of our union is strong. And while it may not always seem that way to college students as the cost of school increases in the face of recession, budget cuts and austerity measures, President Barack Obama’s vision for higher education casts a glimmer of
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Stopping America’s public university tuition spiral

Students of California, arise! You have nothing to lose but a crushing debt! The corporate state of California, ever ready to seize its ideological and commercial hour during a recession, has a chokehold on California’s public universities. With its tax-coddled plutocracy and a nod to further corporatization, the state government
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Unwarranted upheaval

CITY AFFAIRS: UC Berkeley should have been more communicative with its intention to send work crews into People’s Park.

People’s Park has long been a source of contention for UC Berkeley, its students, city residents and people who use the space. The park itself has changed over the years and will continue to do so as the campus grows around it, with the Anna Head Residence Hall set to
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California should give a shit

Off the Beat

I fucking hate opinions. That is not to say that I hate other people’s opinions. I just always avoided giving mine. I attribute it to being the youngest of three brothers with a vocal father — to avoid fights I became a natural listener. I just never felt confident or
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Cal is my university, too

I chose to attend UC Berkeley primarily for its public mission. I respect its purpose above all others; It made for an easy decision to leave my Vermont home to study in California. But I have often felt, throughout my five semesters on campus, that this respect is not reciprocated.
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The nostalgic way forward

Nostalgia, I have been taught, is a longing to recreate a lost home. It’s a desire I always feel intensely during my first few weeks back in Berkeley after any time in my hometown. I long for the way the world looks from inside a car — the way buildings
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